Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
Most of the attention of fantasy owners has been squarely focused on Franklin Barreto, and understandably so. He’s very exciting for the long-term. But don’t forget about Bruce Maxwell, who should see most of the playing time behind the plate now in Oakland that Stephen Vogt is out of the picture. Maxwell is 26 years old, so he’s a little old to be considered a prospect, but it’s about time for the Athletics to see what they have with him. The 2012 second-round pick played well in sporadic duty with the big club last year and has posted a .310/.378/.516 batting line over 85 games in Triple-A dating back to the start of 2016. If your league uses two catchers, he’s a worthy gamble.